U.S. Navy: “Pacific firing ranges will maim or kill over 81,000 whales and dolphins per year”.

Countering the “China Threat”–At What Price?   The Pentagon is spending billions upgrading its full-spectrum dominance, with China as the primary target.

Organising Notes, the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.By Koohan Paik-Mander     27 June 21 .. shared with thanks. Illustrations added

”…………………. to accommodate the JADC2,   Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)  even more expansive swaths of the ocean are being set aside for year-round military exercises.

The Fight To Save Pagan Island From US Bombs - Honolulu ...

The Fight To Save Pagan Island From US Bombs – Honolulu …

Save Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands Part 1 Interview … youtube.com

The most egregious example is the MITT (Mariana Islands Training and Testing), a plan to transform over a million square miles of biodiverse ecosystems into the largest-ever range complex for bombing and firing practice.

Stacy Salas holds a sign during a peaceful protest against the military buildup across Joint Region Marianas on Nimitz Hill in this Nov. 1, 2019,

Unai Dikiki (AKA Gold Beach), on the eastern coast of Pågan, has been designated by the military as an ‘indirect firing point’.

The impacted area would be larger than the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico combined.

The US military plan for live-fire exercises in the CNMI ...833,986,973 – The number of acres of open ocean around Marianaislands that makes up the recently approved MarianaIslandsTestingandTraining Range (MITT). This is the acre equivalent of 984,000 square nautical miles and is larger than the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico combined.

Stacy Salas holds a sign during a peaceful protest against the military buildup across Joint Region Marianas on Nimitz Hill, Nov. 1, 2019.

The largest multinational open-ocean military exercises in history will take place here, home to 26 species of cetaceans.

The navy itself estimates that its activities will maim or kill over 81,000 whales and dolphins per year.

And that doesn’t count the ecological casualties anticipated in other existing exercise ranges, such as those around Hawaii, California, Alaska, Australia, in the Sea of Japan, and in the Bay of Bengal.

For their part, thousands of residents of the Marianas are protesting the plan to turn their ancestral archipelago into a year-round war zone.

Large portions of Guam and Tinian would become dedicated firing ranges, placed right next door to towns and neighborhoods.

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Practice-bombing on the islet of Farallon de Medinilla, a migratory-bird hotspot, will increase from 2,150 strikes a year to 6,000 strikes a year.

And most tragically, the whole of the astonishingly pristine island of Pagan is slated to undergo perpetual full-spectrum assaults from air, land, and sea.

Unai Dikiki (AKA Gold Beach), on the eastern coast of Pågan, has been designated by the military as an ‘indirect firing point’. Photograph: Dan Lin

The island is expected to endure continuous bombing from mortars and missiles, its wildlife damaged by sonar, torpedoes, hand grenades, reef-crushing amphibious landing practice, and countless experimental detonations.

Because of the colonial status of the Mariana islanders, they have not been able to legally demand transparency and accountability from the U.S. government…………http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2021/06/countering-china-threatat-what-price.html

US Air Force training on Farallon de Medinilla Island Bombing Range, Marianas Islands. SSgt. B. Zimmerman, USAF/ Wikimedia Commons.
Protect Our Marine Mammals! Stop Active Sonar in the MITT

Protect our Marine Mammals! Last month Senator Kelly Marsh (Taitano) introduced a bipartisan Resolution 365-35 (LS) or Prutehi i Mambayena Siha, which calls on the US military to cease the use of active sonar in critical habitat areas of the Marianas Island Testing and Training Range that is made up of the waters that surround the MarianaIslands. https://www.change.org/p/us-navy-protect-our-marine-mammals-stop-active-sonar-in-the-mitt

Pete and Emma Perez say military activity on Pågan will destroy its unique culture.

Pete and Emma Perez say military activity on Pågan will destroy its unique culture. Photograph: Dan Lin

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